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Volume 2 

Plainville, Mass., March 25, 1921 

Number 6 

The Cave Man. 


In early pre-historic times, the 
caveman lived either alone or with 
his mate and children. Life was 
primitive ; he wore a skin for a suit 
and had a club with which to kill 
his enemies or food. These were 
about the limit of his possessions. 
He did not even own his cave, for 
the first man who came along with 
a bigger club and more "beef" be- 
hind it laid him low, appropriated 
his cave and wife and perhaps ate 
caveman No. 1 for good measure. 

Not an alluring life, certainly! 

We suppose some rather intelli- 
gent ancestor found that a club with 
sharp knobs killed game and neigh- 
bors rather more readily than those 
with round knobs. He probably 
chewed them sharp. Then, by 
chance, he found that a stone would 
rub them to a point (the first tool.) 

One development followed an- 
other and in a few ages life became 
complicated. Man spent less time 
in hunting. Some could make bet- 
ter arrows in less time than others, 
others better bows in less time that 
the arrow makers. So the bow 
makers inter-exchanged their prod- 
ucts with the arrow makers and we 
had reached the point when barter 
and crafts made their appearance. 

This exchange of products and a 
fear of common enemies brought 
people together into villages and 
then it became easier to exchange 
goods without walking miles to do 

Some villages doubtless were lo- 
cated in a country where straight 
willows grew and the whole vil- 
lage became famed as arrow 
makers. Other villages had excel- 
lent materials near at hand for 
bows. They became specialists in 
making bows. Villages exchanged 
with villages, but because they were 
located some distance apart, a new 
specialist came to light — the trader, 
who represented the arrow makers 
and traded with the traders of other 
villages for their wares and prod- 
ucts. Here is the first "white col- 
lar guy." 

Continued on Page 3, Col. 1. 

Minutes Lost Per Employee 

Feb. 19, Mar. 5, 

1921 1921 

Mesh Room 4 5 

Assembly 15 18 

Gold Dept. A 2 4 

Polishing A]/ 2 15 

Coloring 5 V/ 2 

Bench 9 jy 2 

Soldered Mesh 8 11 

Unsoldered Mesh .... 7 10 

Tool 8 6 

Stamp & Press l\y 2 7 

Maintenance 28 7 

Repair 7 13 

Office 14 

Gold Dept. B 6 14 

Planning 3 

Total Hours Lost. 92 y 2 10iy 2 


Who'll challenge to out-eat 

Our boss, "Bill" Sweet? 

In eating fudge, candy, cake or pie, 

We are sure that this cannot be 

We wonder, he don't die. 

On Thursday last, at half past 

He sighted some of Franklin's best 

home-made fudge, 
And until the whole ten pounds 

were eaten, 
From that spot he did not budge. 

At nine fifty-five, you may not be- 
lieve it, 

He was eating a piece of cake as 
big as his fist, 

And a little while later he was mak- 
ing quite sure 

That there wasn't more candy that 
he might have missed. 

All afternoon long he kept the same 

In fact, he does all through the year, 
And that is why I've taken the 

Of placing this challenge in here. 

Whiting & Davis 


No doubt many of you have 
thought of forming an Athletic As- 
sociation. It surely would be the 
proper move so that all forms of 
athletics could be run in an organ- 
ized state. Ar# we ready for it? 
Yes! Just look at what has been 
done this winter in athletic lines. 

Remember the hockey game be- 
tween the Tool Room and the Office 
that took over an hour extra time to 

Over three hundred attended the 
first basket-ball game in Lafayette 
Hall, where they enjoyed a good 
game, filled with sensations, and 
good dancing afterwards. This 
game brought out our talent so 
that a game was played with the 
strong R. F. Simmons team of Attle- 
boro. This game resulted in a win 
for our boys, who clearly outclassed 
the other team. 

Also this winter there have been 
numberless bowling matches be- 
tween different departments and 
different selected teams. The 
Planning Department claims the 

Not only have the men become 
interested in bowling, but also the 
girls, who have formed four teams 
that have showed fine ability. We 
have heard that down at the Mid- 
dleboro branch a bowling team has 
been formed, so interested have they 
become. Let's have a league next 
winter and run a tournament. 

The interest of the employees has 
not been confined to the physical 
kind of contest, but those games of 
mental exercise, checkers, chess, 
whist, etc., have been well kept up. 
There has been a "Chess-Nut" club 
formed that meets weekly and has 
a membership of eight nuts. 

The athletic field will be ready in 
the early summer and our baseball 
team will be out at work. 

The W. & D. Tennis Cub have 
put their courts in good shap? and 
these courts ar^ onen to ad who 
will use them rightly. 

Continued on Page 3, Col. 1. 


Wadco News 

Published Semi-Monthly 

by the Employees of Whiting & Davie 

Company, Plainville, Mass. 

Publication Committee 

J. O. Gajjnon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee niacins F. Gaddes 

O. Soderstrom H. B. Rowan 


C. H. Peasley 

Asst. Editor, Catherine Kennedy 





Don't grin, my brother, smile ! 
Many a person goes about with a 
grin handy for quick use, thinking 
others will believe that he has a 
fine article of smiling. 

Watch that person always. 

Maybe you think there is no dif- 
ference between a smile and a grin. 
If you do so think, you are woe- 
fully mistaken. Why, my friend, 
there is as much difference between 
them as there is between the God- 
given sunshine and the man-made 
electric light. 

Smiles come from the heart and 
are the reflection of a kindly na- 
ture interested in your affairs and 
you, while a grin comes from the 
brain and is the product of a self- 
ish mind, desirous of creating an 
impression of interest in you. 

Smiles radiate throughout every 
liber, twinkle in the eyes, crinkle up 
the face with beaming joy, add pres- 
sure to the handclasp and heartiness 
to the voice of greeting. 

A grin fixes itself on the face as 
a mask, deepens the wrinkles into 
rigid lines and has no support from 
the eyes, voice or hand. 

A smile never deceives, because 
it has no deceit. It wins its king- 
dom over fellowship and is a bless- 
ing to him who smiles and to him 
who is smiled upon. 

Smiles — the longest word in the 
language, a mile from end to end, 
and the entire distance a joyous 
journev ! 

Smiles, prolific beyond compare ! 
One smile begets another, that one 
another still, and on and on. 

So, my brother, Smile, don't grin ! 
— Selected. 


The Meaning of Success 

Success means aspiration one- 
fourth, inspiration one-fourth, per- 
spiration one-half. 

You must pay for waht you get. 
There is no chance to sneak into the 
big bank of success by the side door 
without paying your admission. 

Eight here is where the gimlet- 
headed youth, with the wishbone in- 
stead of a backbone, makes his mis- 

He has aspiration, but not perspira- 
tion ; he is looking for a snap. He 
wants to dodge work. 

His eye is on a big salary and his 
heart on short hours. 

There never was, and never will be, 
a really successful man whose objec- 
tive was a big salary and little work. 

The fact is, it is the extra hard 
work that gets the big salary. 

Work is a young man's friend. 
Work never hurt a man, but it is the 
improper care of one's self, when not 
working, that hurts. 

You can't burn the candle of 
pleasure night after night, and keep 
a good grip on yourself in the day- 

Work makes the time pass quickly. 
Work is adding to your great asset — 

Perspiration brings the inspiration 
that your aspiration hopes for. 

Work inspires. Loafing tires. 

The real work is the machine; the 
fundamental parts of the job are ex- 
perience, time and work. 

If you want your boss to be fair to 
you, be fair to him. 

Many a youth says the boss is un- 
fair and holds him down. Before we 
believe this we want to hear what the 
boss has to say on the subject. 

The boss has his eye on his employ- 
ees. Don't forget that he knows who 
is who. 

He knows the four-flusher from 
the producer. He is studying your 
case while you are complaining you 
are held down. 

Just keep on hustling. Do your 
level best. Make your work count. 
Get more experience. Help the other 
fellow in your spare moments. Be 
prepared. — The Dominion. 

To Whom It May Concern 

Here's a riddle I will ask you 
You can solve it if you choose; 
Why doesn't Mr. Fuller 
Send us down our "Wadco News"? 

He waits until we are weary, 
Until the news is old and stale, 
Until all my high ambition 
For writing, seems to fail. 

But perhaps it's Mr. Skinner 
On whom we should bestow, 
The ''complimentary'' epithets 
That from our lips do flow. 

We lately have not seen him 

For he now comes "in the night", 

Is it a guilty conscience 

Which keeps him from our sight? 

Or, If Mr. Pcaslcy e 
Those "miserable" delays, 
We will tell you confidently 
He'll have to mend his ways. 

It does not matter who it is, 
We merely wish to say 
That we would much appreciate 
The papers right away. 

— H. E. G. 


We cannot, of course, all be hand- 
And it's hard for us all to be good, 
We are sure now and then to be 
And we don't always do as we 
To be patient is not always easy, 
To be cheerful is much harder 
But at least wc can always be pleas- 
If we make up our minds that we 

And it pays every time to be kindly. 
Although you feel worried and 
If vou smile at the world and look 
The world will soon smile back 
at you. 
So try to brace up and look pleas- 
No matter how low you are down. 
Good humor is always contagious, 
But vou banish your friends when 
vou frown. 


Continued from Page 1, Col. 3. 

Practically every kind of athletics 
is represented in our factory. 

Let's organize and form an asso- 
ciation known as the W. & D. Ath- 
letic Association, to look after all 
our sports and bring out the best 
that is in us. 

The first step should be a mass 
meeting of the employees to see 
how we stand and to form any asso- 
ciation that we wish. Be ready for 
the notice and all interested in the 
betterment of athletic sports in our 
factory be present and lend your 


Continued from Page 1, Col. 1. 

Things probably got pretty thick 
for him. He had trouble remember- 
ing whether "Dog-Face"' or "Red- 
Wo 1 f" had giv n him the s:x or nine 
arrows to Irak-. O r course, b 
claimed nine and friend "trader" 
either had to break both their heads 
or lose their arrows on his trade. 
So he got a little fellow with a good 
high forehead and the little chap 
marked up the score of arrows 
"Red-Wolf" and "Dog-Face" made 
for the trader on a piece of bark 
with a sharp stone and he is our 
first piece work counter and ac- 

What's in a Name? 

I knew a man named Early 

And he was always late, 
And Joy was always surly 

And Love was full of hate, 
And Brown he was the greenest 

Of men I ever knew, 
And Good he was the meanest, 

And White was always blue. 

And Stout was lean and lanky, 

And Short was rather tall, 
And. Merryman, the cranky, 

And the sourest man of all. 
The sickest man was Weller 

And the healthiest was Payne- 
Why, to try to tell a feller 

By his title is in vain. 

There's a little lesson in it, 

Which is why I tell the yarn ; 
You can see it in a minute — 

It's as big as any barn — 
Name is not an indication 

You will get so very far — 
No, your final reputation 

All depends on what you are. 

Is it all in the envelope holding 

your pay? 
Is that all you're working for day 

after day? 
Are you getting no more from your 

toil than the gold 
That will enclosure of paper hold? 
Is that all you're after ; is that all 

you seek? 
Does that close the deal at the end 

of the week? 
Is it all in the envelope holding his 

Is that all you offer him day after 

Is that all he wins by his labor 

from you? 
Is that the reward for the best lie 

can do? 
Would you say of your men, when 

the week has been turned 
Thai ail they've received •• the 

money they've earned? 
Is it all in the envelope, workmen 

and chief? 
Then loyalty's days must be fleet- 
ing and brief; 
If you measure your work by its 

value in gold 
The sum of your worth by your pay 

shall be told ; 
And if something of friendship your 

men do not find 
Outside of their envelopes, you're 

the wrong kind. 
If all that you offer is silver and 

You haven't a man in your plant 

you can hold. 
If all that you're after each week is 

your pay, 
You are doing your work in a short- 
sighted way ; 
For the bigger rewards it is useless 

to hope 
If you never can see past the pay 


— Edgar A. Guest. 

Between the halves, the much- 
talked-of Kiddie Kar contest was 
played, which was a novelty and 
was the cause of great amusement. 
The cold feet displayed by the sup- 
posed Captains, Brown and Hig- 
gins, who failed to appear, did not 
make any difference. 

The basket-ball teams were made 
up as follows : 

Simmons: Wilber, Miller, Bloom- 
enthal, Carpenter, Burgess. 

W. & D.: Fulton, Couter, Mee- 
gan, Rice, Mayshaw. 

Kiddie Kar Teams : 

Garlicks : Crotty, Manchester, 

Celtics: Kehypn, McDonald. Lab- 

We have started on the Athletic 
Field and expect it will be in con- 
dition to use in the early summer. 
When finished it will I i the 

i • - . : a fi lime and 

m .ii-/ can compii 


A dapper young man stepped into 
a drug store downtown the other 
day, and going up to the soda foun- 
tain asked the clerk for "a coffee 
and milk." 

The soda clerk in a very short 
time had the drink ready. The dap- 
per young man threw out a ten- 
cent piece in payment of his drink 
and proceded to gulp down the con- 
tents of the glass. Suddenly he 
stopped drinking and looking into 
the glass where a fly was calmly 
reposing, "I say, young fellow," he 
exclaimed, "what do you mean by 
serving me a fly with this drink?" 
"Well, what on earth do you ex- 
pect for ten cents," replied the 
clerk, "humming birds?" 


Frank Brown, Editor. 

The basket-ball game between the 
R. F. Simmons team and our boys 
was the important event since our 
last issue. The thought struck our 
boys before the contest that they 
would be walloped in bad shape, 
but after they got going there was 
nothing to it. It was like candy 
from a kid, and the final score was 
19 to 11. 

To Vange! 

Listen, my friends, and I will tell 
Of a little girl I love so well; 
She 's got dark hard and eyes of brown 
And on her face is ne 'er a frown. 

She sits beside me all day long 
And sings to me some cheery song. 
She also tells me of her home 
She used to have before she roamed. 

She tells me of her happiness 

And how she's roamed from East to 

At last her heart is now content, 
Tapering bags to pay her rent. 






We wonder why Rose B. blushes 
so prettily when anyone mentions 
Leon M.'s name to her. 

Why does Lena like the song, 
'Go Slow and Easy?" 

We hear that Bill K. is looking 
forward to an invitation to try 
Helen's new piano. How about in- 
viting us over, Helen? 

With two saints and an angel on 
the cutting bench, Heaven doesn't 
seem so very far away. But then, 
Doris often acts like Satan. 

Some girls like to ride in automo- 
biles while others prefer a motor- 
cycle, but Gene and Tina are sat- 
isfied to go Kiddie Kar riding this 

Some things hard to imagine 
among the soldered mesh girls: 

Celina not "making eyes". 

Jessie "making eyes". 

Hattie "chewing gum". 

Mary without that "sleepy look". 

Florence W. without her powder- 

Clara doing the "shimmy". 

Katie working slow. 

Dora without Katie. 

Tina looking sad. 

Helen with a pet mouse. 

Rosie not teasing Helen. 

In the year 1163 the men wore 
union suits of No. 1 steel mesh un- 
der their cast iron mackinaws. "A 
woolen shirt may itch", but, Oh, 

It would be advisable to keep Mac 
away from the Repair Department. 
: e saw a fine looking girl over there 
l.nsf week. 


"Say, Gene, will you buy us some 
apples when you go over to the 

"Oh! sure! You know that I just 
love to do such errands for you 
folks, how many will you have?" 
Y s. he does???. 

Hairites is the disease 

That's broken into our place, 
Married men have taken it 

In every solitary case. 

Fred Jaques had the first outbreak. 

It shows upon his chin. 
On Stefani's upper lip 

Hair's showing through the skin. 

Chronic cases we have some, 

There is Silvia, Clampitt and 
It's a wonder they wouldn't open 
their hearts 
And give Joe Jette some of their 

George Whiting has the worst case 
He says his lips are sore, 
If the hair keeps growing at the 
present rate. 
In fifty years it may touch the 

I notice they are making the mesh 
so well now that they catch nothing 
in it. 

They evidently caught the writer 
of the above lines. 

Evelyn and Margaret get along 
very well until the question of re- 
ligion starts, then one would wish 
to move about two miles away. 

Maybelle Ingalls from Franklin 

expects to spend the 29th in North 

Attleboro as the guest of Miss So- 
phia Horman. 

It seems as though Leon doesn't 
know how to dance with anyone 
except Rosie B. 

Bachelor's telephone comes in 
kind of handy sometimes, especially 
when Kimber wants to speak with 
Maybelle from across the way. 


Examiner: "What is wind?" 
Morgan : "Air in a hurry." 
Examiner: What is steam?" 
Morgan : "Water gone crazy with 
the heat." 

Examiner : "You p-ass." 

Lucinda M. says she could just 
put her arms around Leon M.'s 
neck and hug him, he looks so much 
like her baby brother. 

To some it means great suffering, 
but to Leon Mayshaw it is a pleas- 
ure to have a. .. ."Boyle!" 

If the boys who played in the 
Kiddie Kar game wish to sell their 
cars, ask Marguerite McGerry and 
Doris Simmons. They could save 
shoe leather on their walk from 
North Attleboro. 

One thing sure, Gene Manchester 
didn't have to buy "out-size" stock- 
ings for the Polo Game. 

There was a "chewing contest" 
last week in which Mamie Mc- 
Carthy won all the honors. 

Tessie's favorite song is, "Why Gene Manchester and Eva Con- 
didn't you leave me years ago in- tois are thinking of entering a 

"double-ring" circus this spring. 

stead of leaving me now? 

Did you notice the lady trying 
to sit on Mr. Pfeiffer's knees the 
other night? Wouldn't it have been 
terrible if she had injured his daily 
escort, an umbrella? 

I went into Hall's store for sonic 
flower seeds, but couldn't buy any 
Sweet William as Hattie Coombs 
had taken them all for her garden. 

Harvey Lanphier must appre- 
ciate his wife's baking, as he has a 
home-made cookie for recess every 
day. How do they taste. Harvey? 

For the first time. Frank Brown 
realized he was past "forty" when 
he couldn't ride a Kiddie-Kar at tlu> 
Polo Game as he expected.